Mums hoping for sweet success after becoming fudge-makers

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Apr 2018

Two mums from Barton-upon-Humber are banking on sweet success after launching their own fudge-making business.

Blue Gnu, the partnership of Jo Martin and Mel French, got off to a flying start over the Easter weekend when the duo sold out of stock on their first day of trading.

Now they have set up their shop at the Waters' Edge Visitor Centre in Barton.

Mum-of-two Jo said: "The idea came about because I've always made fudge for family and friends and it's always been well-received.

"Mel and I have been friends since our daughters were at nursery together. We want to work together so we had flexibility with both of us having young chiildren.

"So we teamed up and decided to give this a go. There were also worse things we could think of to do than having to sample our own products.

"We've now gained the nicknames. I'm Blue and Mel is Gnu."

The fudge - the recipe to which is a closely-guarded secret - comes in a variety of flavours from pink gin to lemon cheesecake.

Jo explained: "We work from my kitchen at home. The most important thing is to make it in small batches so it's lovely and creamy - and we add love to every batch.

Mum of one Mel said: "Our prices start from just £1 and we can cater for all events including weddings, christenings and parties.

"We also make a selection of sweet treats including toffee and honeycomb but we specialise in fudge in a variety of flavours, shapes and sizes. We make fudgipops, fudge shots and the traditional pieces in tubs.

"As well as the shop at Waters' Edge, we are going to sell our fudge at craft and wedding fairs."

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